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East West Encounter 2 - Lam Doming , Satoh, Louie, Bach, Chopin / Susan Chan


Release Date: 03/10/2009 
Label:  Msr   Catalog #: 1280   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Lam DomingSomei SatohAlexina LouieJohann Sebastian Bach,   ... 
Performer:  Susan Chan
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



EAST WEST ENCOUNTER II Susan Chan (pn) MSR 1280 (67:12)


LAM Moonlight over Spring River. SATOH Incarnation II. LOUIE Scenes from a Jade Terrace. BACH Prelude, BWV 855 (trans. Siloti). Read more class="ARIAL12bi">Sheep May Safely Graze (trans. Petri). Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (trans. Kempff). Partita No. 2 in d: Chaconne (trans. Busoni). CHOPIN Preludes: op. 28/1,6,13,21,15,17


Despite the title, Susan Chan does not seem to intend this to be a pedantic recital. There is nothing in the notes (which are not credited) claiming any mutual influences between the composers from Asia and Europe. This comes across, rather, merely as a group of pieces that Chan likes and wishes to present for their own sake. Indeed, it is the singularly poetic style of Chan as a pianist that acts as the glue that binds this recital together. In the familiar music here of Bach and Chopin, she finds a lyrical pulse, unhurried and lush, with an uncanny absence of self-absorption. This is beautiful playing, almost simple at first impression, but upon careful listening, recognized to be well crafted and awash with subtle tonal shading. Nearly all of this familiar music is relatively unchallenging from a technical aspect. I remember studying all of the Chopin preludes she plays here as an adolescent (and still mangle them to this day). But, as if to certify her chops, she tosses off the decidedly challenging Bach-Busoni Chaconne, albeit, on her own terms—that is, with decidedly less sharp angles and crashing chords than one is used to hearing in this work.


The Asian material is a mixed success. The material from Chinese-born Doming Lam and Canadian-Chinese Alexina Louie is replete with hackneyed Asian impressionism; it is conventionally pretty, if not offensive. Somei Satoh’s Incarnation II is much more original, a kind of minimalist chant of quiet power. In all, this all makes for an unusual program, made compelling by a uniquely charming musician.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Flowers and Moonlight on a Spring River, Op. 12 no 2 by Lam Doming
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
2.
Incarnation 2 by Somei Satoh
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Japan 
3.
Scenes from a Jade Terrace by Alexina Louie
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1988; Japan 
4.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 10 in E minor, BWV 855 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
7.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 1 in C major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
8.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 6 in B minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
9.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 13 in F sharp major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
10.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 21 in B flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 
11.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 15 in D flat major "Raindrop" by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838-1839; Paris, France 
12.
Preludes (24) for Piano, Op. 28: no 17 in A flat major by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Susan Chan (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1839; Paris, France 

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